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Waterside Workshops Board of Directors

Petrina Alexander-Perteet, Board President, Corporate Real Estate Project Analyst, The Clorox Company

Petrina is a Corporate Real Estate Project Analyst at Clorox. Previously, Petrina spent over twenty years at Oakland Unified School District at the secondary level supporting special needs students with an emphasis on transition planning. During that time she managed the WorkAbility and CaPROMISE programs, and referred many Oakland youth to Waterside’s programs. She lives in East Oakland and is deeply involved in her local community.

Charles Hammond, PhD, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education

Both in his doctorate studies and at Waterside Workshops, Charles focuses on childhood education in alternative learning environments, specifically as it pertains to bicycle mechanics. Charles helps with structuring and planning the bicycle mechanics program and raising funds from private foundations and corporations.

Neil Larsen, Executive Director, Waterside Workshops

Neil brings a decade of fundraising and nonprofit administration experience. Prior to joining Waterside, Neil worked at Bike Works, a similar youth focused nonprofit in Seattle, and Pacific Forest Trust in San Francisco. Neil believes that the bicycle is a vehicle of empowerment, an amazing tool for experiential education, and the key to building sustainable communities.

Andrew Murray, Vice President and General Manager Mobile Analytics, SAP

Andrew brings an extensive background in sailing and a passion for all things nautical. He enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for boating with youth.

Helder Parreira, Board Secretary, Berkeley Boathouse Program Director, Waterside Workshops

Born and raised in the Azores Islands, Helder developed a love of traditional boats as a very young child. Helder is a UC Berkeley alumni holding a degree in Archeology. His academic studies took him around the world studying ancient cultures and often studying their watercraft. Tiring of academic pursuits, and craving working with his hands, Helder moved back to California to study traditional wooden boat building, but continued his connection with is homeland. Helder has worked in the Azores not only as an underwater archaeologist, but has also apprenticed with one of the last master Azorean whaleboat builders. His passion “for all things maritime Portuguese” has also taken him to mainland Portugal where he has worked with traditional bateira builders of the Aveiro region of northern Portugal. He hopes to educate people young and old, as well as further his own knowledge of the time-honored craft, and to establish a community of people who are passionate about wooden boats.

Erika Weissinger, PhD, UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy

Erika brings years of experience in Public Policy regarding Foster Care and Youth Services. Her professional experience includes extensive research and evaluation of outcomes from the Child Welfare System, and her personal life is reflective of her passion for making sure children of all backgrounds have access to their basic needs.

Terry Taplin, Advisory Board Member, Berkeley City Councilmember

Terry Taplin is a poet and Berkeley City Councilmember representing District 2, West and Southwest Berkeley. A mobility and environmental  justice activist, Terry has led on housing, green transportation, and fights for a climate resilient future. As a West Berkeley native, Terry envisions a future where West Berkeley is at the center of an economically vibrant, innovative, and sustainable East Bay.

Interested in joining our Board of Directors? Please send an email to admin@watersideworkshops.org